Just in time for back to school, we dropped off some bins of gently used children’s clothing to SafetyNet Children & Youth Charities, an Oakville-based registered Canadian charity, and we were profoundly touched by the experience. Bill Shields, the founder, gave us the grand tour of the facility where we learned all about the amazing work this local charity does. It was clear right away that there is a definite need for this type of kindness and compassion right in our community.

It’s not something we encounter day-to-day, but the facts are that there are thousands of families that live below the poverty line in Oakville and the surrounding area. SafetyNet combats this often-overlooked local need by providing 100% free items and services to financially disadvantaged families.

SafetyNet’s mission is to initiate programs that will not only assist in providing necessities such as clothing, furniture, bicycles, and non-perishable foods and toiletries, but will inspire underprivileged youth to overcome their difficulties through community outreach programs such as free one-on-one tutoring and music lessons.

If you’re interested in donating clothes or furniture, please visit Bill and his team of dedicated volunteers at 1317 Speers Road in Oakville. They will even arrange for furniture pick-ups at your home (for a fee of $50, as all the donated furniture is given away at no cost to families who need it). Currently, they are in most need of diapers in sizes 5 and 6 and feminine sanitary pads, but all donations, including monetary, are always needed and greatly appreciated. Visit for more information.

We love supporting local charities that truly make a difference! Thank you, SafetyNet!

Rina DiRisio
Lifetime resident of Oakville

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